The aftermath of the 11 September attacks in the US has spawned yet more socially engineered viruses which play on people's good nature in an attempt to propagate.
The latest, albeit low risk, threat is a Trojan horse masquerading as a Red Cross donation form. It arrives as an attachment which prompts people to fill in a form to help the victims of the terrorist attacks.
But the information, including credit card details, is instead sent to a website which is in no way affiliated with the Red Cross charity.
The virus has been given a low risk rating because it does not mail itself on, but relies on users to fill out the form and pass on the mail. There have only been a handful of reports in the wild.
In related news, another Trojan is circulating as a free antivirus scanner program. So far, three variations of the Antset Trojan are circulating.
If the accompanying Ants3set.exe is executed the worm forwards itself to names in the Outlook address book. It does not damage PCs, but the increase in email may cause floods in some cases.
To add to its validity, the email contains a link to genuine German antivirus vendor Ants-online, which really does make a Trojan scanner. However, the site now contains a warning about the charlatan program.
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